Cleaning products are something we use all the time, and are always surrounded by. Unfortunately, many commercial cleaning products have disastrous consequences, both for our health and for the environment.
Exposing ourselves, our families, and the environment to all these toxic chemicals is something to be avoided. The good news is, many natural, eco-friendly cleaning products work just as well, if not better! Here are some ways you can go green in your cleaning routine:
Use Eco-friendly cleaning supplies
It’s easy now to find environmentally friendly and chemical-free cleaning products in stores. Stock up on these, and try to phase out toxic cleaning supplies. Look for words like “non-toxic”, “biodegradable”, and “renewable resources”.
You can also make your own cleaners at home. Vinegar, baking soda, and warm water can be mixed together and kept in a spray bottle as a handy, completely natural and effective all-purpose cleaner. Warm water and lemon oil also makes a great-smelling furniture polish, while baking soda is an effective odor eliminator.
An internet search will yield many recipes for DIY, all natural house cleaners. These can be made in large batches and stored around the house. It’s a great way to reduce your eco-footprint, keep yourself and your family healthy, as well as save some money.
Allow For Fresh Air Flow
Air inside your home or workplace can become stale and toxic without proper airflow. Open windows and use fans to circulate fresh air throughout the space.
Store bought air fresheners are usually loaded with chemicals. Clean the air naturally by boiling herbs or spices you like the scent of, like cinnamon or mint. Additionally, leafy green plants not only look nice, they help filter air naturally.
The Three R’s
We all learned them in school: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
- Reduce: Reduce waste by avoiding disposable cleaning supplies, like cleaning wipes.
- Reuse: Use sponges and cloths to clean that can be washed and reused again and again. If you choose to make your own cleaning supplies, you can reuse jars, bottles, and containers for storage.
- Recycle: Don’t simply throw your cleaning products away. Learn how to properly dispose of them. Plastic bottles can be recycled, but it’s important to read the label and dispose of any chemical content carefully. Pouring toxic cleaning supplies down the sink only means they will end up in the water supply. Learn where and how you can safely dispose of these products.
It takes some extra work and time, but using eco-friendly cleaning supplies will have a huge positive impact on your health and on the environment.